Baltic Frontier | To Øl

Baltic FrontierBaltic Frontier
22 Ratings
Baltic FrontierBaltic Frontier

Brewed by:
To Øl

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CwrwAmByth on 05-17-2013

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of drmeto
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-pours an opaque golden-orange with a big,foamy,white head
-mango,soapy,passionfruit,juniper berries,orange,elderberries
-Follows the nose with a berry acidity and a light to medium, grassy bitterniss
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
very nice.

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Photo of Martine
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange-amber into a glass from a bottle. Offwhite head is foamy, creamy with moderate retention.

Aroma is quite tart and earthy; it has the sweet sticky nose of candied peach, a little dank pineapple, leafy resiny hops, coriander, and yeast.

The flavour is very tart on the draw before turning to herbal bitters on the middle and back palate; that sour pineapple and mango comes through strong with juniper, ligonberry and some tannin acerbicness. After the fruit it turns to subtle bready notes, coriander, earthy must and then some vegetative hops come through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied; there's a little oilyness going on as well as a dryness on the swallow.

Usually not a fan of sour beers but this leans more towards the tart and herbal rather than the sour. There's an extraordinary balance going on with this ale which takes the good aspects of each ingredient and integrates them in a way which doesn't cause one-sidedness. Give it a go.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange and cloudy with fine bubbles. 3 fingers of beige head, nice lacing.

Hints of caramel, peach, and berries.

Big sour notes, tannic and tart all round. Berries and bitterness.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, acidic, tannic finish.

Tastes like some sour berries from the northern frontier. Crisp, bitter and refreshing. I'm really liking it. Got off wishbeer, drank in Chiang Mai May 14th, 2016.

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Photo of Misterefe
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mytu420
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdagnew
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange color with white head. Aroma has intense hoppy notes, mostly earthy and resiny with a hint of pineapple. Taste starts tart up-front, fruity and bitter in the aftertaste. The bitterness is a bit different from regular IPAs and may be from the juniper berries. Overall it's a really refreshing and easy to drink sour-IPA combination.

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Photo of Saviour
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dgilks
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting one. Definitely not pretty with tons of haze but the combination of IPA and tart sea buckthorn is great. A sort of sour fruit IPA that delivers on refreshment and interest. Pretty good.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light orange, small creamy white head that leaves a nice frothy lace as it slowly recedes.
The first whiff sends me straight to honeyed sea-buckthorn, a local "healthy" remedy. There's also peach, sweet citrusy hops, light caramel, spicy dry juniper berries, mild tropical notes. Extra fruity.
And wham! The seabuckthorn is really rich and sour in the taste, almost lemon zesty, almost making me cringe, if not for the contrasting sweet mango, peach and orange. A nice honey like blanket, not too malty, not too sweet, right before bitter grassy herbal hops in the finish, a bit of pine twig, extra dry with a gin-like flavor from the juniper berries.
Aftertaste has bitter hop, a bit of sourness, grapefruit and a settling tropical fruitiness. Medium body and carbonation. Prickly.
Great mix, love the sour-sweet fruitiness, with that clean tasty emphasis on sea-buckthorn. Rough, maybe a bit too much, keeping it from being too refreshing.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap in Tallinn.

Wow...was expecting something like a Baltic Porter. This is super cloudy orange with a lacy white head.

Then the smell is something else. Very fruity from the hops and fruit additions. Orange, mango, floral.

Taste is big on fruitiness. Tropical flavors like mango and berry. Big bitterness and a touch tart.

Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney.

Pours excessively cloudy, a dull dark golden hue with a crusty white head of frothy bubbles. Body is solid but pretty fluid and the carbonation is minimal but fine. There's also a very strange flock of bright orange floating bits that wander around the surface of the beer (is sea buckthorn orange? Any other ideas what this might be?*). My guess is it's yeast sediment clumping in strange ways—it's certainly the first time I've ever seen such a thing.

*Apparently sea buckthorn berries are indeed bright orange—so my guess is that that genuinely is what's floating in my beer.

Nose is excellent, however, despite the oddities of the appearance. Really vigorous hop presence gives a bright intensity, while herbal-savoury characters, possibly from the juniper come through as well. Herbal and fresh, bright and sharp and very fragrant. I like it a whole lot.

Taste is also good, but again quite strange. Front palate gives a clean bite, rather hoppy and bright with citric overtones. Body is quite subdued throughout. Tingling orange peel characters linger for a while, giving reminiscences of hot-cross buns and christmas cake, while a note of gingerbread sticks around on the back. It's damn unusual, but has those characters that you find in a citrus-infused IPA, so it has an odd familiarity.

Feel is pretty light, and probably not helped by the astringency of the juniper and the sea-buckthorn, but it works okay with the brew as a whole.

Yep, overall, this is a slightly weird, but pretty wonderful experiment from To Øl. The flavours are just strange enough to make it genuinely interesting, while maintaining a clarity and familiarity which make it drinkable. It's either very odd or very comprehensible, and I can't pick which.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of crosenkrantz
1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"This puppy is an IPA beaten with juniper berries and sea-buckthorn and trashed with hops. It is a celebration of a potent beer culture shared between scandinavia and the baltic region. Ingredients: Water, Malt, Seabuckthorn, Hops (Centennial, Columbus and Cluster), Juniper Berries and Yeast."

Lots of scum under the cap - possibly a bad bottle. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a murky golden colour with a fizzy white head.

Smells very hoppy, something else in there too which i presume is the added flora.

Taste is... wow, something new all-together. First up a big hit of sweetness, fruity and from the caramel malts, followed up by a hop bitterness and a sour fruity taste, then finally a massive taste of menthol/herbs with just a hint of the sweetness and bitterness mingling in on the aftertaste.

Overall, full marks for originality. Not a beer you could drink tons of thinking it's a really well-balanced tasting drink, but it does knock your socks off taste-wise.

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Baltic Frontier from To Øl
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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